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NFL Week 12 Primer: Cincinnati Bengals (0-10) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5)

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Everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Steelers.

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The Bengals and Steelers are meeting for the second time this season. Pittsburgh won the first game in prime time pretty easily and it never felt close after the first quarter. However, this game has the makings to be more competitive.

The Steelers are dealing with a ton of injuries leaving them possibly shorthanded. Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster are going through concussion protocol, and James Conner re-injured his shoulder on Thursday Night Football.

It still isn’t a situation where Bengals’ fans should feel confident, even if their team is at home for this game. The offense and defense have yet to put a game together where they are both clicking. Last week the defense held out as long as they could, and they even set the offense up with several chances to either take the lead or tie. Rookie Ryan Finley just never was able to take advantage of that. Can that change this week?

Everything you need to know for when the Bengals host the Steelers:

Game: Cincinnati Bengals (0-10) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (5-5)

Date/Time: Nov. 24th, 2019 at 1:oo p.m. EST

Location: Paul Brown Stadium Cincinnati, Ohio

Series Leader: The Steelers lead the series at 63-35

Streak: The Steelers have won the past eight meetings

Coaches vs. Opponent: Zac Taylor: (0-1). Mike Tomlin (20-5)

Television: The game will air on CBS-TV. In Cincinnati, it will be carried by WKRC-TV (Ch. 12). Broadcasters are Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst) and John Schriffen (sideline reporter).

Radio: The game will air on the Bengals Radio Network, led by Cincinnati flagship stations WLW-AM (700), WCKY-AM (ESPN 1530; all sports) and WEBN-FM (102.7). Broadcasters are Dan Hoard (play-by-play) and Dave Lapham (analyst).

SB Nation Steelers’ site: Behind the Steel Curtain

Weather: Mid 30’s, mostly cloudy [NFL weather]

Odds: Bengals, +7 [Odds Shark]

Bengals Notes

  • Quarterback Ryan Finley (rookie) had 115 pass yards and 47 rushing yards in Week 11.
  • Running back Joe Mixon had 103 scrimmage yards (86 rushing and 17 receiving) and a rushing touchdown last week. He has touchdowns in three of his past four games. He has at least 80 scrimmage yards in two of his past three games against the Steelers. He aims for his third in a row at home against the division with at least 150 scrimmage yards.
  • Wide receiver Tyler Boyd has 31 catches and 362 receiving yards (90.5 per game) in four home games in 2019. He had seven catches for 62 receiving yards and two touchdown catches in his last home meeting against Pittsburgh. He has four receiving touchdowns in his past four games at home against the division. Boyd aims for his fifth in a row at home against the AFC North with at least six catches and 60 receiving yards. Wide receiver Auden Tate had 50 receiving yards in the Week 4 meeting. He has at least 50 receiving yards in four of his past five games.
  • Defensive tackle Geno Atkins had five tackles and 1.5 sacks in Week 11, his 14th career game with at least 1.5 sacks. Defensive end Carl Lawson had a sack last week and has a sack in two of his past three games. Line backer Nick Vigil had a team-high 12 tackles and fumble recovery last week. He had 11 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a forced fumble in the Week 4 meeting and aims for his third in a row against Pittsburgh with at least 11 tackles and a tackle for a loss. Safety Jessie Bates had seven tackles and an interception in Week 11. He aims for his third in a row with an interception, fourth in a row with a pass deflected and sixth in a row with at least seven tackles.

Steelers Notes

  • Quarterback Mason Rudolph completed 24 of 28 passes (85.7 percent) for 229 yards and two touchdowns without an interception for a 124.6 passer rating in the Week 4 meeting. He has a passer rating of at least 100 in two of his past three games against the AFC North.
  • Running back James Conner had a career-high eight catches for 83 receiving yards in the Week 4 meeting. He had 111 rush yards and two rushing touchdowns in the last meeting at Cincinnati. He has five touchdowns in his past five games. He aims for his fourth in a row against the Bengals with at least 90 scrimmage yards.
  • Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had seven catches for 111 receiving yards in his last meeting at Cincinnati. He has at least five catches and 75 receiving yards in three of his past four games on the road against the division. Rookie wide receiver Dionte Johnson had a career-high six catches for 77 receiving yards and a touchdown catch in the Week 4 meeting. Tight end Vance McDonald had seven catches for 68 receiving yards in his last meeting at Cincinnati.
  • Linebacker T.J. Watt had four tackles, a sack and a pass deflected last week. He has 10.5 sacks, third-most through 10 games in franchise history. He had 1.5 sacks in his last meeting with the Bengals. He aims for his third in a row against the Bengals with a sack and fifth in a row overall with sack. Defensive tackle Cameron Heyward had a 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble in the Week 4 meeting. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick has four interceptions in his past four games. Linebacker Devin Bush leads all rookies with 74 tackles. He had nine tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack and a pass defended in the Week 4 meeting.

Bengals history against Steelers

Date Visitor Home Result
Date Visitor Home Result
09/30/2019 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
12/30/2018 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/14/2018 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/04/2017 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/22/2017 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
12/18/2016 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
09/18/2016 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
01/09/2016 * Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/13/2015 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
11/01/2015 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
12/28/2014 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
12/07/2014 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/15/2013 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
09/16/2013 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
12/23/2012 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
10/21/2012 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/04/2011 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/13/2011 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/12/2010 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/08/2010 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
11/15/2009 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
09/27/2009 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
11/20/2008 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/19/2008 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/02/2007 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/28/2007 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/31/2006 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L/OT
09/24/2006 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
01/08/2006 * Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/04/2005 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
10/23/2005 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
11/21/2004 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/03/2004 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/30/2003 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
09/21/2003 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
11/24/2002 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/13/2002 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/30/2001 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W/OT
10/07/2001 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/26/2000 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/15/2000 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/28/1999 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
10/17/1999 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/20/1998 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
10/11/1998 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
11/16/1997 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/19/1997 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
11/10/1996 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
10/13/1996 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/19/1995 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/19/1995 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
12/04/1994 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/16/1994 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/07/1993 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
09/19/1993 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/29/1992 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/19/1992 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
12/15/1991 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/10/1991 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L/OT
12/02/1990 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
11/18/1990 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
10/08/1989 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
09/17/1989 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
11/06/1988 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
09/18/1988 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
11/22/1987 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/25/1987 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/26/1986 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/13/1986 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
10/27/1985 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
09/30/1985 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
11/11/1984 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
10/01/1984 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
12/04/1983 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
10/10/1983 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
09/19/1982 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L/OT
12/13/1981 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
10/18/1981 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
10/12/1980 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers W
09/21/1980 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
12/02/1979 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/14/1979 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
11/19/1978 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
09/17/1978 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/10/1977 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
10/17/1977 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/28/1976 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
10/17/1976 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
12/13/1975 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/02/1975 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
12/14/1974 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/10/1974 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
10/28/1973 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
10/14/1973 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
11/05/1972 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
09/24/1972 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
12/12/1971 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals L
09/26/1971 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L
11/22/1970 Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals W
11/02/1970 Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers L